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Nintendo hinted some time back that it was working on a traditional side-scrolling Mario game for the Nintendo 3DS, but this weekend's sudden announcement of New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the handheld still came as a surprise. Designed as a sequel to the 2006 original for Nintendo DS -- not the multiplayer-centric Wii follow-up -- New Super Mario Bros. 2 looks to mine much of the Mario series' past to present another adventure that blends the fresh and familiar with expected nostalgic bliss.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is due out for Nintendo 3DS in August in North America, Europe, and Japan. Nintendo also confirmed that it will release an as-yet-untitled Kirby compilation disc for Wii later this year, which looks to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the pink icon by bundling together some of his best-loved adventures. We'll surely hear more about both of these releases at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles in early June.